Film – 2009
To save their once-busy logging town from economic disaster, the people of Leavenworth WA, set out to transform themselves into a tourist destination. As the town is tucked in the middle of a steep mountain pass, a Bavarian theme was suggested and put to a (contentious) vote. One brave shop owner took the first step by rebuilding the facade of his store front. With small, initial success, the rest of the town quickly followed.
These days they are overrun on Maifest and Oktoberfest. But it is clear from our time there that Christmastime is when Leavenworth is in its full glory.